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MSCI 2018 Aluminum Products Division Conference
The Breakers
Palm Beach, FL
Sunday, November 11 – Tuesday, November 13

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What to Wear

What to Wear

During the day, business/resort casual sportswear is appropriate attire for our business sessions. This includes khaki slacks, polo-style shirts or sweaters for the gentlemen; slacks, skirts, polo-style shirts, blouses, sundresses or sweaters for the ladies. Remember meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely. It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions.

No black-tie formal events are scheduled.  Evening attire varies depending upon the function.

The Sunday Welcome Party will be held outdoors, weather permitting. It calls for casual and comfortable clothing. Jackets are not required for the gentlemen. Sweaters and slacks are appropriate for the men and the ladies.  Low-heeled shoes are recommended.

Monday evening’s dinner dance is business casual.  Jackets for the gentleman are preferred, ties are optional; dresses, skirts or slacks are appropriate for the women.

Tuesday evening’s reception and dinner is planned to be outdoors and will be fun and casual.  Rep your team and wear your favorite sports team’s jersey.  The dinner will on the Ocean Lawn, low-heeled shoes or wedges are recommended.

While planning your wardrobe, please remember that Palm Beach’s average high and low temperatures in early November are 80° high and 66° low.

Questions or Assistance

For questions or assistance, contact:

Julie Thane
Vice President, Aluminum & Specialty Metals Divisions
847-485-3014 – jthane@msci.org

Rose Manfredini
Vice President, Membership & Events
(847) 485-3008–rmanfredini@msci.org

Briana Dee
Senior Membership and Events Coordinator
(847) 485-3021–bdee@msci.org

Conference Registration

Your registration fee covers the Welcome Party on Sunday, breakfast, refreshments and the reception/dinner on Monday, breakfast, refreshments and the reception/dinner on Tuesday.

Registration Pricing
Delegates
Register extra early, on or before Friday, September 7:  $1,945
Register early, on or before Monday, October 8:  $2,145
Register after October 8:  $2,445

Spouses 
Register extra early, on or before Friday, September 7:  $1,245
Register early, on or before Monday, October 8:  $1,445
Register after October 8:  $1,745
MSCI will provide each attending spouse/guest with one $100.00 spa certificate that can be applied toward spa services and/or products at The Spa at The Breakers during MSCI’s Aluminum Products Division Conference. 

Schedule

Sunday, November 11

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Noon – 6:00 pm 
Registration

4:30 – 5:30 pm
Aluminum Products Division Council Meeting

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Affiliate Member & First-Time Attendee Reception

7:00 – 10:00 pm
Welcome Party

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

1:00 – 4:30 pm
Catamaran Cruise

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Guided Reef Tour

 

Monday, November 12

Monday, November 12, 2018

7:00 am – 11:30 am
Registration

7:00 – 11:30 am
Breakfast & Business Session
(Breakfast served 7:00 – 7:30 am.)

7:30 am
Opening Ceremonies

7:45 – 8:45 am
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is Here
Tech advances are disrupting the business environment—and companies and industries must pre-position themselves for the sweeping changes ahead.  Learn how key technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, 3D printing and augmented reality, nanotechnology and biotechnology are creating a Fourth Industrial Revolution world in which many current business assumptions simply no longer apply.
Erik R. Peterson, partner and managing director, A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council & senior advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

8:45 – 9:15 am
Aluminum End-Use Market Outlook
Tom Leary will offer a clear description of the global landscape of the aluminum industry, and the drivers that move your customer’s markets.
Tom Leary, vice president of Aluminum Market Intelligence & Consulting, Harbor Aluminum

9:15 – 9:45 am
Refreshment Break

9:45 – 10:15 am
Aluminum Today: Trade, Tariffs and Policy Issues
Two Association leaders will discuss their perspectives on the current trade, tariffs, regulatory and legislative issues impacting the Aluminum industry.
Lauren Wilk, vice president, policy and international trade, The Aluminum Association
Robert Weidner, III, president & CEO, Metals Service Center Institute

10:15 – 11:15 am
Lessons in Leadership
Drawing on his own experiences as the former CEO and chairman of Baxter International, as well as those of other notable leaders and organizations, Professor Kraemer will lay out a pathway for understanding the principles of leadership and putting them into practice.
Harry Kraemer, Jr., professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management & executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners
All registered delegates will receive a copy of professor Kraemer’s Book, Becoming the Best.

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Reception

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Dinner-Dance
(Seating by producer invitation)
Entertainment by The Headliners Band

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

9:00 am – 10:00 am
MSCI Book Club and Spouse/Guest Welcome Event
All spouses/guests are invited to join us for conversation, coffee, mimosas and light refreshments, followed by discussion of this year’s featured book: “The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland” by Jim DeFede.  Author, Jim DeFede will lead the Book Club discussion

1:00 pm
Golf Tee Times
Several tee-times have been reserved for delegates and/or couples.  Please enjoy lunch on your own before your tee time.
Rees Jones Course – The Breakers

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Dolphin Expedition

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Beer & Bocce Tournament
Calling all couples and single participants:  Join us for a fun and relaxed afternoon on The Breakers Ocean Lawn for the first MSCI Beer & Bocce Tournament.  No experience required!!

 

Tuesday, November 13

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

7:00 am – 11:00 am
Registration

7:00 – 11:00 am
Breakfast & Business Session
(Breakfast served 7:00 – 7:30 am.)

7:30 – 8:00 am
State of the Industry & Recognition Awards
Holman Head, president & chief operating officer, O’Neal Industries
Robert Weidner, III, president & chief executive officer, Metals Service Center Institute

8:00 – 9:00 am
U.S. and Global Economic Outlook
The U.S. and world economies appear poised for their best performance in 2018 in a decade, but what risks lurk around the corner?  Learn the key drivers of economic growth, perspectives on key policy debates, likely movements with inflation and interest rates, and possible paths for budget deficits.
Robert F. Wescott, Ph.D., president, Keybridge Research

9:00 – 9:30 am
Refreshment Break

9:30 – 10:00 am
Momentum Monitors
Keybridge Research will introduce the new MSCI Momentum Monitors.  These quarterly end-market forecast reports are available to members and will predict important metals end market activity.
Robert F. Wescott, Ph.D., president, Keybridge Research

10:00 – 11:00 am 
Make Some Noise:  The Unconventional Road to Dominance
Ken Schmidt will demonstrate how businesses of any size and scope can improve their competitiveness and avoid margin-killing commoditization in even the most difficult marketing environments. The road to building a fanatically vocal customer base, creating a passionately loyal corporate culture, and developing leaders who inspire and motivate begins now!
Ken Schmidt, former director of communications strategy, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Let’s Have a Ball: Reception

8:00 – 11:00 pm
Let’s Have a Ball:  Farewell Dinner
Rep your Team and Wear your favorite sports team’s jersey at our casual and fun outdoor reception and dinner
(Seating by producer invitation)

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

8:30 am 
Spouse/Guest Tee Times (space is limited)
Rees Jones Course – The Breakers

12:30 pm
Delegates’ Golf Tournament – Shotgun start
Rees Jones Course – The Breakers
Departure for the course begins at 11:15 am
Lunch buffet for golfers opens at 11:30 am

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Dolphin Expedition

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Island Bicycle Tour

Affiliate Member and First-Time Attendee Reception

Sunday, November 11th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Are you an MSCI Affiliate Member? Is this your first Aluminum Conference or first MSCI event? The Aluminum Products Division Council and MSCI staff welcome you to the 2018 Aluminum Products Division Conference! Please join us for an early start and meet the Aluminum Products Division Council and staff prior to our Sunday Welcome Party.

Hotel & Travel

About The Breakers

The Breakers is a luxury oceanfront hotel and one of America’s legendary resort destinations listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Distinguished as a AAA Five Diamond property, the resort has earned numerous accolades for its commitment to the environment, community service and the quality of life it provides to its employees.  Situated on 140 acres of incomparable oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach, The Breakers is a magnificent, Italian-Renaissance design in a breathtaking setting.

The Breakers
One South County Road
Palm Beach, Florida  33480
Phone: (561) 655-6611
Toll free: (888) 273-2537

Online reservations may be made here.
When calling, please mention MSCI to receive the negotiated rate. When calling, please mention MSCI to receive the negotiated rate.

Room Rates (resort fees have been waived)

Deluxe Room              $300.00
Premium Room          $375.00
Atlantic Room             $480.00
Deluxe Suite                $580.00
Atlantic Suite               $900.00

Cut-off date:  Monday, October 8, 2018

Please note: It is recommended that you make your hotel accommodations early to ascertain availability.  MSCI cannot guarantee availability or the room rate after Monday, October 8, or when the MSCI room block is filled—whichever occurs first.

All reservation requests must be accompanied by a first night room deposit, or guaranteed with a major credit card.  Deposits will be refundable only if the reservation is cancelled at least 72 hours prior to arrival time.

Hotel check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is noon. While the hotel will attempt to accommodate early check-in and late departures, it cannot be guaranteed depending upon hotel occupancy.

Transportation Information

The Breakers is located just 6 miles or 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport.  The hotel is 42 miles from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and 72 miles from the Miami International Airport.

Transportation can be arranged through Dav El Chauffeured Transportation.  Transportation must be arranged prior to your arrival and may be done by calling (561) 687-9454 or online here.

The cost of a sedan from Palm Beach Airport is approximately $78, about $195 from Fort Lauderdale and $272 from Miami Airports.

Valet Parking at The Breakers is $30 per day.  Self-parking is not available.

National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car

We are proud to announce that National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car along with its subsidiary Enterprise Fleet Management are MSCI member companies!

MSCI suggests that you also support Enterprise and/or National when renting a car during MSCI conferences. MSCI has negotiated discounted rates for your benefit. For faster service and reward options please enroll into Emerald Club. Emerald Club members are recognized at both National and Enterprise so please reference your Emerald Club number and Account Number XZ15W61 when reserving at both National and Enterprise. Counter-by pass is available through National Car Rental. Reservations with Enterprise and National can be made by phone or online at

http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?bid=028&refId=MSCIW61

MSCI Beer & Bocce Ball Tournament

MSCI Beer & Bocce Tournament

Monday, November 12, 2018 – The Breakers – Ocean Lawn
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Calling all couples and single participants:  Join us for a fun and relaxed afternoon on The Breakers Ocean Lawn for the first MSCI Beer & Bocce Tournament.  No experience required!!

Fee:     $140.00 pp

MSCI Golf Tournament

MSCI Golf Tournament

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – The Breakers – Rees Jones Course 12:30 pm shot gun start

A mere 10 miles from the resort lies The Breakers Rees Jones Course, a stunning expanse of green dotted with blue ponds. The course was reconstructed in 2004 as one of the premier golf experiences in the southeast United States, reflecting the signature style of eminent course architect Rees Jones. Departure for the course begins at 11:15 am and lunch buffet for golfers at the course begins at 11:30 am

Fee: $315.00 per person, inclusive of tournament & greens fees, golf cart, beverage cart and lunch.

Titleist clubs are available to rent for $95.00 and are charged to your room portfolio.

Golf pairing requests will be taken until Monday, November 5. Please email confirmed pairings to Julie Thane. After that date, we will be unable to accommodate your requests.

Please contact the golf shop to arrange individual tee-times: (561) 659-8407.

Tours & Activities

Activity registration deadline is Monday, October 8, 2018.  No refunds on cancelled activities or golf will be issued after this date as we are obligated to provide guarantees to our vendors.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Catamaran Cruise
1:00 – 4:30 pm
$300.00 per person
Minimum 10 /Maximum 15

Cruise the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway on our motor-powered catamaran. Our knowledgeable guide highlights points of interest, including local islands, famously designed homes and infamous establishments. Dry snacks, water, soft drinks, beer & wine included.

Guided Reef Tour
1:30 – 3:00 pm
$75.00 per person
Minimum 4/Maximum 40

Accompanied by a PADI Instructor on a reef tour of the sunken Breakers pier, you will learn the basic skills necessary to make any snorkeling excursion complete and see our indigenous fish. Guests meet at Whitecaps on Breakers Beach.

Monday, November 12, 2018

MSCI Book Club and Spouse/Guest Welcome Event
9:00 – 10:00 am

All spouses/guests are invited to join us for conversation, coffee, mimosas and light refreshments, followed by discussion of this year’s featured book, The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede.

The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical Come from Away.

When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, 2001, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

Dolphin Expedition
1:00 – 4:30 pm
$150 per person
Minimum 6/Maximum 10

Conducting the Palm Beach Jupiter Dolphin tours are bona-fide dolphin scientists and certified dolphin naturalists who will interpret dolphin and wildlife sightings, while the licensed captain will maneuver the boat for prime viewing. Together, they will answer all your questions, and share their expertise, knowledge, and personal stories. The 33-ft open deck Osprey vessel is equipped with a hydrophone so you can listen to the symphony of sounds beneath the waves.  Life vests and binoculars are provided. Please bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, etc. Everyone is required to wear a life jacket and sign a liability waiver. Water and snacks provided.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dolphin Expedition
1:00 – 4:30 pm
$150 per person
Minimum 6/Maximum 10

Conducting the Palm Beach Jupiter Dolphin tours are bona-fide dolphin scientists and certified dolphin naturalists who will interpret dolphin and wildlife sightings, while the licensed captain will maneuver the boat for prime viewing. Together, they will answer all your questions, and share their expertise, knowledge, and personal stories. The 33-ft open deck Osprey vessel is equipped with a hydrophone so you can listen to the symphony of sounds beneath the waves.  Life vests and binoculars are provided. Please bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, etc. Everyone is required to wear a life jacket and sign a liability waiver. Water and snacks provided.

Island Bicycle Tour
2:00 – 4:00 pm
$105 per person
Minimum 5/Maximum 30

Weaving your way through the town of Palm Beach and along the Intracoastal Waterway, enjoy the beauty of the island and many of its hidden treasures. On this six-mile trip, the pace is leisurely, making it a favorite for adults of any ability. Please bring sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses.  Water provided.

Our Gift at The Breakers Spa

The Spa at The Breakers is recognized as one of the top 25 spas in North America. This 20,000-square-foot facility features 17 treatment rooms, eight salon stations, a fitness center with ocean views, an outdoor lap pool with a whirlpool spa and an ocean terrace for outdoor massages.

MSCI will provide each attending spouse/guest with one $100.00 spa certificate that can be applied toward spa services and/or products at The Spa at The Breakers during MSCI’s Aluminum Products Division Conference (Sunday through Wednesday).

Your personalized spa certificate will be enclosed in your meeting registration packet and is not transferrable.  As space is limited, we recommend that you contact the spa at (561) 653-6656 as soon as possible, and prior to check-in, to make your appointment. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled treatment to check in.  It is suggested that you bring a bathing suit to take full advantage of the facilities.

Sponsorships

Don’t miss the opportunity to generate new leads and raise positive awareness of your company. Be a 2018 Aluminum Products Division Conference sponsor and build on your relationships within the metals supply chain.

There are a number of outstanding sponsorship opportunities. For more information and to secure your sponsorship, speak with Monique Kaiserauer at (847) 485-3004.

$7,500 Level 

Includes one complimentary registration*, signage, listing in the conference program and app and display of literature. Meal sponsorships also include a reserved table, and the golf sponsorship includes custom flags.

Choose from:

  • Welcome Party SOLD! Sponsored by Hydro
  • Breakfast
    • Monday SOLD! Sponsored by Kaiser Aluminum
    • Tuesday SOLD! Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
  • Keynote and Signed Books for each Attendee: Harry Kraemer, Jr.
  • Dinner Entertainment SOLD! Sponsored by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
  • Delegate Golf Tournament SOLD! Sponsored by Aleris
  • Room Drop of company literature and/or takeaway item
    • November 11 SOLD! Sponsored by Constellium
    • November 12
    • November 13
  • Attendee Badges Sold! Sponsored by Idealease, Inc.
  • Charging Station
  • Conference App
  • Room Keycards SOLD! Sponsored by Service Center Metals, LLC
  • Bound Notebooks Sold! Sponsored by Ta Chen International
  • Drawstring Backpacks
  • Bottled Water provided throughout the conference

*Complimentary registrations are valued at $1,945
**Limit 2 sponsors per evening

$5,000 Level

Includes signage, listing in the conference app, and display of literature. The reception sponsorship also includes custom napkins.

Choose from:

  • Opening Keynote: Erik Peterson
  • Reception
    • November 12 Sold! Sponsored by alimex Americas
    • November 13 Sold! Sponsored by Arconic
  • Beer and Bocce Tournament November 12
  • Tins of Mints provided throughout the conference

$3,500 Level 

Includes custom napkins, signage, listing in the conference program and app, and display of literature in the registration foyer.

  • Hospitality November 11
  • Refreshment Break November 12 or 13

Speakers

Lauren Wilk, vice president, policy and international trade, The Aluminum Association

Lauren Wilk leads The Aluminum Association’s policy department, advancing policy outcomes for the domestic aluminum industry and advocating for the industry’s interests on international trade. The association’s 114 members make 70 percent of the aluminum and aluminum products shipped in North America. Members of the association operate more than 200 facilities worldwide.

Before joining The Aluminum Association, Lauren was Director of Trade Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C. She previously served as a Senior Legislative Assistant for former U.S. Representative Donald Manzullo. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, she worked for the Aerospace Industries Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

A Kansas native, she received a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and a M.A. in National Security Studies from the Naval War College.

Lauren serves on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Washington and is an active Pi Beta Phi alumnae. She lives with her husband and young son in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Harry Kraemer, Jr., professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management & executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners

Harry Kraemer is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois and a Clinical Professor of Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He was named the 2008 Kellogg School Professor of the Year.  Mr. Kraemer is the author of two bestselling leadership books: From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership and Becoming The Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership.

He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a $12 billion global healthcare company. He became Baxter’s chief executive officer in January 1999, and assumed the additional responsibility of chairman of Baxter’s board of directors in January 2000.

Mr. Kraemer joined Baxter in 1982 as director of corporate development and was named president of Baxter International in 1997. Before joining Baxter, Mr. Kraemer worked for Bank of America in corporate banking and for Northwest Industries in planning and business development.  Kraemer is active in business, education and civic affairs and serves on the Board of Directors of several prominent companies and institutions.

He is a member of the Dean’s Global Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Economics Club of Chicago. He is a past member of the Business Roundtable, the Business Council, and the Healthcare Leadership Council.

Mr. Kraemer graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. He received an MBA degree in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1979 and is a certified public accountant. For his outstanding leadership and service, he received the 1996 Schaffner Award from the Kellogg School of Management.

Tom Leary, vice president of Aluminum Market Intelligence & Consulting, Harbor Aluminum

Tom Leary began his career as a process engineer in aluminum smelting. He later moved into metallurgical support of aluminum casthouse products, including process management of high purity and super high purity operations at Alcoa. Later, Mr. Leary became the Marketing Manager for Alcoa’s defense business unit. He spent his remaining years as Strategic Marketing Director of Alcoa Materials Management in Knoxville, TN. He also served on the Aluminum Association’s statistics committee and as board member of the Aluminum Extruders Council.

Mr. Leary joined HARBOR in March 2017 and currently serves as vice president of aluminum market intelligence & consulting.

Erik R. Peterson, partner and managing director, A.T. Kearney's Global Business Policy Council & senior advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Erik Peterson is director of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, a strategic advisory service specifically designed for the world’s top CEOs and business-minded thought leaders. He joined in the firm in February 2010. He is also a senior adviser at CSIS, the Washington-based bipartisan, nonprofit think tank on foreign policy and national security issues. Formerly (1998–2010), he was senior vice president at CSIS. He also held the CSIS William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, an endowed chair named in honor of Merrill Lynch chairman emeritus Bill Schreyer. From 2003 to 2010, Peterson served as director of the CSIS Global Strategy Institute—a “think tank within a think tank”—which he established in 2003 to assess long-range trends. Previously, he was director of studies at CSIS (1992–2003), in which capacity, he oversaw and coordinated programs, projects, and publications across the organization. Before joining CSIS, Peterson was director of research at Kissinger Associates, the international consulting firm chaired by former secretary of state Henry A. Kissinger.

Peterson currently serves on several advisory boards, including the X Prize Foundation, the Center for Global Business Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. In past years he has also served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum and a member of the forum’s Global Risk Network. For the past four years, he has served on the judging panel of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation for its prize in national security reporting. In December 2009, he was named distinguished faculty associate in international business at the Smeal School of Business at Penn State University. In October 2008, he was appointed visiting scholar at the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. A sought-after public speaker, Peterson has addressed numerous groups and lectured in 48 U.S. states and 28 countries. He has spoken regularly at a wide array of U.S. government institutions, including the Army Medical Strategic Leadership Program, Army War College, Coast Guard, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of State, Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, Internal Revenue Service, Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Defense University, Proteus, Reserve Forces Policy Board, USAID, and the Western Governors Association. In addition, he has had extensive interface with major corporations and trade associations the world over.

The author of several publications, Peterson is now completing a book on global strategic trends and their effects on governance structures in societies across the world. Recent writings include “Race to the Future” (The Age, November 20, 2009), “The World is Dry” (SAISphere, May 2008). Together with Rachel Posner, he is author of “The World’s Water Challenge,” (Current History, January 2010), Water and Energy Futures in an Urbanized Asia: Sustaining the Tiger (CSIS, December 2007), and Global Water Futures: A Roadmap for Future U.S. Policy (CSIS, September 2008). Erik contributed a chapter entitled “Scanning the More Distant Future” to For the Common Good: The Ethics of Leadership in the 21st Century (Praeger, 2006). He also serves on the editorial review boards of the SAIS Review and Diplomatic Courier. Peterson received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and his B.A. from Colby College. He holds the Certificate of Eastern European Studies from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and the Certificate in International Legal Studies from The Hague Academy of International Law (The Netherlands).

Elizabeth Rust, senior analyst, Keybridge Research

Elizabeth Rust is an economist at Keybridge, where she focuses on macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, economic policy analysis, and economic modeling. She holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and European Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Ken Schmidt, former director of communications strategy, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Ken Schmidt is a Former Director of Communications Strategy at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.   One of the most in-demand speakers and communications consultants in America, Ken Schmidt has lived a life that most can only dream about. He has toured the world on two wheels, met with presidents and royalty, partied with movie and music legends, and appeared numerous times on network news. As the former director of communications for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, he played an active role in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history – and got paid to ride motorcycles. He is widely known as one of the business world’s most outspoken and provocative thought leaders and has partnered with many of the world’s most successful brands.

The longtime motorcycle enthusiast’s formal association with Harley-Davidson began in 1985. As a specialist in corporate positioning and media relations, Mr. Schmidt was asked to work with the then-struggling Harley-Davidson to help restore the company’s image and create demand for its motorcycles. Within a few short years, Harley-Davidson became one of the most visible and frequently reported-on companies in the world, while sales of its motorcycles rocketed upward.  Mr. Schmidt became director of Harley-Davidson’s corporate and financial communications and served as its primary spokesperson to the media and the financial communities.

Robert F. Wescott, Ph.D., president, Keybridge Research

Robert F. Wescott is Founder and President of Keybridge Research LLC, an economic consulting firm in Washington, DC, that has served global financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and leading industry associations since 2001. Dr. Wescott has more than 30 years of professional experience working on global macroeconomic and public policy issues. He is a frequent speaker to business and financial audiences around the world about financial markets, economic trends, and geopolitical risks. He also testifies as an expert before U.S. Congressional committees on economic and financial policy matters.

From 1999 until 2001, Wescott served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House, where he developed Administration policies toward G-7 countries, Russia, China, India, key emerging-market economies, and the international financial system. During 1993-94, Wescott was Chief Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he performed policy analysis and was responsible for the Administration’s economic forecasts.

From 1994-98 Wescott was an official in the Research and European Departments at the International Monetary Fund, where he did research on global economic risks and policy challenges and prepared the Fund’s World Economic Outlook. From 1982-93, Wescott was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at WEFA Group (today IHS Global Insight/Markit), a private economic modeling and analysis firm, where he was responsible for all economic modeling and forecasting. During his time at WEFA he wrote the company’s flagship monthly economic newsletter for clients and was the firm’s primary spokesperson with clients and the media.

In 1989-90, Wescott was the first Research Director at the International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD) in Kitakyushu, Japan, a research institute established in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania. ICSEAD does quantitative economic research on the economies of East Asia.

Wescott holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and has published research papers in the areas of macroeconomics, energy economics, fiscal policy, inflation, global financial crises, and geopolitical risks.

Important Deadlines and Policies

A full refund will be issued for cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm Monday, October 8, 2018.  Cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm before Monday, October 15, 2018, will receive a refund of 50% of registration fees paid. No shows and cancellations received after that time will not be eligible for refunds. Substitutions may be made at any time. Written cancellations or substitutions will be accepted by contacting Briana Dee.

Activity registration deadline is Monday, Ocotber 8, 2018.  No refunds on cancelled activities or golf will be issued after this date as we are obligated to provide guarantees to our vendors.

MSCI Antitrust Policy

MSCI conferences strictly comply with all U.S. antitrust laws.  As a conference attendee and/or presenter, we ask that you review and adhere to the MSCI Antitrust Policy.

Content Policy

The content  (including, but not limited to, slides, charts, video-clips, etc. ) presented at MSCI conferences is proprietary and presented solely for the benefit of conference attendees. The conference content should not be disseminated or re-transmitted in any way (e.g. electronically, via audio tape, etc.) to the public or third parties.

Entertainment Policy

Entertainment and/or company meetings should never be scheduled at the same time as official MSCI business or a social event.  This includes breakfast sessions, business sessions, and evening group functions.  MSCI recommends that company entertainment be planned prior to the opening or following the conclusion of Aluminum Products Division Conference.  Please respect MSCI’s policy in extending and accepting invitations.

Press and Sponsorship Policies

This event is closed to the press. Only event sponsors may distribute products or promotional materials at MSCI venues.  Please contact Monique Kaiserauer at (847) 485-3004 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

Registrant/Participant Image and Voice Agreement

Registration for attendance and/or participation at MSCI Conferences and other associated activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to permit MSCI’s to use and distribute (both now and in the future) the registrant or participant’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, audiotapes or other digital or electronic recordings of such event and activities.